The Need for Nutritious Food Grows: NonProfit Agencies Serving Larger Populations in the face of the COVID-19 Crisis
VICTORIA, BC – The COVID-19 crisis is amplifying the need for access to basic needs, such as food, health care, and shelter throughout the region. Many individuals have lost their jobs, as their places of employment have closed, and many business owners are struggling to make ends meet without their usual revenue. As a result, many more people and families don’t have the resources they need to meet their basic needs.
Non-profit agencies across the region are taking action to get the supports to people who need them.
“People struggling in poverty know that Our Place is a safety net that will serve three meals a day to anyone who needs to eat,” said Grant McKenzie of Our Place. “The demand for food has definitely increased, and we are currently serving an extra 300 meals per day. Due to the pandemic, all 1,400 meals are being served at the gates of 919 Pandora.”
However, not everyone knows how to access the available resources, or even that these resources are available. A number of partner agencies are working together to develop and distribute Community Resource Guides with information on how to access services related to food, health care, counselling, shelter and other services.
As a network of organizations focused on food security, the Food Share Network wants families, individuals, and the community to know that there are a number of different avenues available to access food resources.
Read the full media release here.
View the list of food services available at the time of publishing here.